I received a fascinating new book in the mail! Martha Sielman has hit it out of the ball park again with this next book in the Portfolio series. Many of the artists I am familiar with and many I became acquainted with in this volume. Twenty-one specific artists are given feature status, endowing the viewer with a perspective of their work in six-page spreads. Other artists’ works are sprinkled throughout, amply adding to this comprehensive look at current work featuring people and portraits in the textile art world . Each of the featured artists’ work is accompanied by a rich narrative of what makes them who they are and how they arrive at their finished works.
Enjoy Bodil Gardener’s work with her playful, exaggerated characters. So much fun!
Collette Berends uses a very painterly effect in her work.
I adore the quirkiness and simplified forms of Yoshiko Kurihara. I especially like Morning Breeze.
Mary Pal’s amazing works using simple cheesecloth on black backgrounds portrays details not thought possible by this writer!
Viola Burley Leak uses highly expressive images. Her works are colorful with lots of movement. The use of black gives weight to her use of brilliant colors.
The cartoons of Pam RuBert entertain, as always. She is probably the most humorous textile artist I know.
Kathy Nida is provocative, daring the viewer to be offended by her raw depictions of women in various social situations.
Jenny Bowkers, depicting her middle east travels has work included in this volume. Olga Norris with her faceless figures, and Lora Rocke, Joan Sowada, and Maria Elkins, all with the most breathtaking realism, are in the Portfolio. The painted work of Inge Mardal and Steen Hougs is here.
Sielman has gifted us with another stunning compilation of art in textiles. Purchase here.
Actually, she’s already been here today. When a special friend comes over I like to get out my nice linen napkins and do some mix-and-match with depression glass pieces along with hand painted dishes. The handled glass cups were the perfect size to serve a cup of potato mushroom soup. I also fixed curried chicken salad with grapes and pecans. My guest brought homemade pitas that were heated in the oven until crispy as a cracker. Dessert was Dove dark chocolates.
It was a lovely day as we worked in the garage with an indigo vat. Photos of that coming later.
Almost everyone from the class sent home their leftover paint with me instead of taking it home with them…so because I hate anything to go to waste, I printed one morning. It’s a good exercise because I get new ideas while I’m printing (oh boy, do I love that grid stuff that I think is for making rugs non-skid). There is still some paint left…stay tuned…I’m going to make screens for breakdown printing next…
In the last post, I was telling you about the last day at Tan-Tara resort at the Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) conference.
After Annie gave her presentation and we checked out her quilts, the style show was next. I took photos of almost everyone’s garment because they were all so wonderful, but there’s quite a few to post, so I will post a few here and if you are interested in seeing the rest, you need to join Facebook, Like the Missouri Fiber Artists page, and I’ll have the rest of them posted in an album…eventually!
These gals can sew and not only can they sew, they are in to making their own cloth using surface design. The garments and ideas represented in the fashion show were awe-inspiring.
Last week, inspired to play…I got out some watercolor ATC cards and began to re-create some of my doodles from the past year with ink and then to color them with gouache watercolors. I had sketches of apples falling into a bucket or a basket, bird families on an outing and even some on a “picnic”. My mood and aim is playful, whimsical, something I don’t usually engage in in my fiber work. I think I will reserve that for my watercolor sketches.
Strathmore is hosting more workshops this year. The first one is being taught by Traci Bautista. Here is my first week’s work…er…play.
There are layers of stuff on here…Smooch Spritz inks sprayed over resists and plastic canvas, acrylic paints, acrylic inks, markers of all kinds, white-out pen, and oil pastels last. The neat thing about these workshops for me is they help me get acquainted with different products that I have not used before.
Today, my intent was to get started on printing some silk scarves in Christmas colors for my opening reception. Well, getting started is about all I’m getting done.
First the scarves have to be soaked in white vinegar, then they have to dry. That takes some time. Then I made a silk screen with glue…and now it is drying. So I decided to blog while I’m sitting here waiting for everything to dry!
First, I gotta tell you about all the new flavors of fudge I came across this weekend. I’m in fudge heaven. I went to a craft festival in Harrisburg to purchase some lotion bars and other products for Christmas. I came home with MUCH more!
First, the fudge. We taste tested pumpkin, dreamsicle, white chocolate with apricots and walnuts, white chocolate with cherries and pecans…oh. my. gosh. I’m in love with the two white chocolate fudges. I purchased these to send to my mother-in-law for her birthday. She is a fudge lover, so that is usually what I get her. I was going to order some from a catalog until I saw this locally made fudge. I purchased both the white chocolate fudges and some Rocky Road that I knew she would like. Of course, since I brought it home with me, she now has to share some of it with me! She can’t eat 3 lbs. of fudge by herself anyway! I have since found a recipe online for the white chocolate with apricots and walnuts. I will definitely be trying that recipe this year.
Yesterday, I crocheted the other wrist warmer. I had made one and embellished it and had never gotten around to making the second one. I finished it and then fished out a pattern for a flower that is used on a strand to wear around your neck. So I had to try those out….
Cute? I think they are.
I love the yarn. The red and purple flowers are made from Deborah Norville’s Everyday soft worsted anti-pilling yarn. There’s no fuzzies on it. It’s very nice yarn.
So now I put a question to you….should I use this one on my wrist warmers?….
…or this one?
I’ll probably just end up putting a row of buttons on the left one, but I did think it would be fun to have different embellishments on each one. These are fingerless and fun to wear!